Chicken, Chorizo and Sweet Potato Chili {in your Crockpot}

Happy first day of autumn!  I decided to welcome the change of seasons the best way I know how, by boxing up my summer clothes, (so long maternity bathing suits!) giving my boots a little love with some leather conditioner and making a big batch of chili in the crockpot.  I haven’t cooked many new recipes at all since we brought William home from the hospital.  Right now I’m struggling to find the time  to plan meals, to go to the grocery store and to cook so I’m thankful for friends and family who have brought us delicious meals and groceries.   I know I’ll get back into the kitchen more regularly sometime in the near future but for now my recipes posts will be a little sporadic…

Thats said, today I feel very accomplished because I pulled out my beloved crock pot and make a variation on the traditional beef chili.  This one has ground chicken, spicy chorizo and sweet potatoes. It’s perfect for the first day of autumn and doesn’t take too much time to put together.  The spicy chorizo pairs wonderfully with the sweet potatoes and peppers.


What to buy (serves 7-8):

  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large sweet potato, cooked and cubed
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 pound ground spicy chorizo
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes with their juice
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 beer, whatever you like but ideally something darker with lots of flavor
  • 15 ounces pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 ounces kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

What to do:

  • in a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat and add the onion and garlic; cook until they start to soften, about 3 minutes
  • stir in the chicken and chorizo, cooking until they are no longer pink, about 5 minutes
  • once the meat is cooked, add everything from the saucepan and the remaining ingredients to your crockpot, stirring well
  • cook for 3-4 hours on high heat or 6-7 hours on low heat, serve plain or topped with cheese, cilantro, green onions, sour cream – whatever you like!

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